9 days in Denver, Aspen & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Aspen & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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Fly
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Train to Denver Airport Station, Foot to Denver, Fly to Aspen
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Laramie, Fly to Pittsburgh

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Denver

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Attractions like Garden of the Gods and River Rafting & Tubing make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (in Colorado Springs) and Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & Argo Mill and Tunnel). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

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Pittsburgh to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Pittsburgh in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

3
nights
Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Bring the kids along to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and tour the pleasant surroundings at Linkins Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Denver in July: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 81°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

2
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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Never Summer Ranch, and finally stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Aspen in July, things will get a bit warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 59°F. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive